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U.S., Japan, S. Korea Officials to Meet in Tokyo Amid Escalating N. Korea Threats

South Korean soldiers take part in a joint river crossing operation drill with U.S. troops in Yeoju, South Korea, Oct. 19, 2022. Reuters
South Korean soldiers take part in a joint river crossing operation drill with U.S. troops in Yeoju, South Korea, Oct. 19, 2022. Reuters

Senior officials from the United States, Japan and South Korea will meet next week in Tokyo amid escalating threats from North Korea.

While the U.S. reaffirms its “ironclad” commitment to its allies, the State Department has declined to say whether Washington would consider the redeployment of tactical nuclear weapons to the Korean Peninsula, and whether the South Korea government has made such a request.

Deputy Secretary of State Wendy Sherman will participate in “a trilateral meeting with Japanese Vice Foreign Minister Mori Takeo and South Korean First Vice Foreign Minister Cho Hyundong” in Tokyo next week, according to the State Department.

Sherman’s talks will cover a range of regional security issues, including North Korea’s missile launches and Taiwan. U.S. Secretary of State Antony Blinken said Monday China is determined to bring Taiwan under its control, possibly by force, “on a much faster timeline.”

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